Rhineland was the original home of the ancestors of the Anlau surname. Anlau was a local name, a type of hereditary surname that identified people by the places where they lived. Landowners were the first to use local names, and they often attached the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from," to the surname. Often, the use of "von" was a mark of aristocratic birth. Local names are by far the most common style of German hereditary surname. Anlau was a name for someone who lived in the Alsace region, particularly around the city of Strasbourg.
Early Origins of the Anlau family
Rhineland, where the family name is considered to have made an early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development in Europe. The Andlau family became prominent in the local affairs of the Alsace region, particularly in the area of Strasbourg. They branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, as each group sought power and status in an ever-changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Anlau family
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Early Notables of the Anlau family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Anlau family to the New World and Oceana
Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Anlau, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early: Jacques Andlauer, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1855.
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